San Diego needs a new runway before it could be a hub. That's at least ten years away.
A company does not need to buy another company out in order to merge with it. Using what is called a "stock swap", meaning shareholders of each company get a specified number of shares in the other company, two companies can merge with a net-zero exchange of funds.
West-Pac's demise was in part due to the massive change in costs due to the fees and rents at DEN
rather than COS
. Also Ed Beuvais failing health and poor management hurt it. The last nail in the coffin was losing the merger deal with F9
. Too bad, too, since it was a nice little airline while it lasted.
I would not actually have a hub on the west coast. There is no location that really makes a lot of sense. Unlike the east coast, which has several large, medium-, and small-sized cities, the west coast is mostly large cities and small towns
. I would operate the west coast in a point-to-point fashion, much the same way Alaska and Southwest currently operate. It simply makes more sense.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.